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Murdering labour union members: Acceptable expression of liberal policy.

That was only the overture. They rounded up all who had supported Allende in the National Stadium and I believe most of them were killed. We have family friends who just avoided being included. The husband was a TV news man and the wife was an artist. They had been Allende supporters and fortunately had been in Venezuela for one of the wife's exhibitions when the coup occurred.

Pinochet basically blew out the brains of all he could find who had a social conscience. I had known about Kissenger and Friedman. Guess Hayek makes it an unholy trinity. Makes one wish there were a Hell in which they could rot. Instead, all three get Nobel Prizes, Kissenger the Peace Prize. No evil deed goes unrewarded.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."

by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Wed Jan 27th, 2010 at 06:31:10 PM EST
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I've spent the last year or so thinking about follow-ups to the Economics for Dummies diary.

It might not be obvious, but there's an anthropological model where this kind of thing makes perfect sense. It's not moral sense, and it's not left-wing moral sense, but it is completely self-consistent.

It's also why the right is so dangerous. If you take away democracy - in the ragged sense of popular influence on power - and replace it with liberalism in the sense that people like Hayek meant it, you cannot help but get fascism and violence.

by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Thu Jan 28th, 2010 at 02:53:03 PM EST
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